Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata


Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

Hi from Big Bear Lake! I’m here for a few days and I’m currently very snowed in at a very hipster cabin full of things like vintage kitchen items, lots of Pendleton blankets, an old fire place and a record player that spins lots of Bob Dylan and Iron + Wine.

I’m not mad at all. It’s funny and fun all at the same time. I’m spending my day in the kitchen baking things, shooting things and I’m really hoping I can get Amelia to jump in a big pile of snow so she can do one of these .

Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

This is something I made before I left that was A: on the lighter side; B: was crispy. C: was FRESH. I’ve been in the mood for not fatty foods, if that makes sense.

I’m currently on Day 19 and feeling like I can’t eat super fatty meats or bacon or any of that. I’ve never been a huge meat-eater so it’s not the easiest for me to eat meat everyday. Yesterday and the day before I just ate vegetables all day and drank a smoothie because sometimes I get sick of eating (if it’s not like pound cake).

I love the artichokes and lots of lemon in this recipe. I found the almond-coated chicken to be a bit annoying to pan-fry because you really have to clean out the pan between batches or else the almond bits get all burnt. I included that in the instructions below but I wanted to give a special heads up about it.

Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

This recipe is super healthy and light and fresh. I love minced parsley, garlic, onion and lemon together. They’re flavors that just go so well. It’s old school, really. Nothing new but still so good.

Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

Almond-Crusted Chicken Piccata

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 4


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 yellow onion, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley + more as garnish
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • Juice from 1 lemon + 1 lemon for serving


  • Place the boneless chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a mallet or a something heavy (I used a cast iron skillet), pound the chicken until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. This will release some stress. It’s good for you. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with a few pinches of salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, crack in the egg and whisk. In another plate or shallow bowl, place the almond meal and add 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix together. Dip the chicken in the egg, allowing any excess to run off, and then proceed by coating it in the almond meal. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts or thighs.
  • In a medium skillet or saute pan, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken (you may need to cook this in batches depending on the size of your pan). Cook the chicken on its first side for 3 to 4 minutes, flip and then cook on the opposite side for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside. (You may need to take a paper towel and clean the pan in between batches.)
  • In the same clean-ish pan (I used a paper towel to clean any bits of almond flour out), add a tablespoon of ghee. When melted, pour in the chicken stock, yellow onion, a few pinches of salt and crushed red pepper; cook until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Italian parsley, capers and lemon juice. Ladle over the chicken and serve alongside some warm potatoes. Garnish with lemon wedges (I placed mine over my stove-top range to get a bit of color!).
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  • Reply Rachael January 19, 2017 at 1:52 am

    This sounds so delicious and looks amazing!

    Rachael xx.

  • Reply heather (delicious not gorgeous) January 19, 2017 at 9:05 am

    ooh yes that lemon/caper sauce sounds super fresh! hope big bear is amazing, even if it’s a bit snowy (:

  • Reply Belinda January 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Yum. I’m vegetarian so I’m thinking this might work with a portabello mushroom or slab of haloumi.

  • Reply Michelle January 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    That cutlery though. Swoon!

    All those insta stories of Amelia in the snow are the best.

  • Reply Jessica January 20, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Ugh yes! I’m not a meat fan either so I also get sick of eating meat all the time on whole 30! I usually gorge on roasted veggies with a sprinkling of nuts mixed pre-roast during the day while my husband is at work and won’t complain about no meat. Haha

  • Reply youthfoodblog January 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    This is so enticing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Sabrina B January 22, 2017 at 8:54 am

    beautiful photography that is making me hungry, thank you for this recipe, love the healthier components here and very savory with nice touch of capers!

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  • Reply Joanna Hawley January 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

    true story: i’ve never known what a chicken piccata was until now… and now i have to have this for dinner tonight.

  • Reply Rachel February 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Looks great! But where are the artichokes in the recipie? Just add them to the sauce?

  • Reply Olga Morselli March 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Delicious recipe! Grazie. For a lighter chicken, rather than frying the cutlets, I baked them in a 180C oven for about 15 minutes until crisp and brown…it worked perfectly. You don’t have to worry about cleaning out the pan. Follow from part 4 of the recipe, and it works perfectly. From the foto it looks as if the artichokes are more of a side dish? Still, they are mentioned early on by Adrianna as being in the recipe!! Ciao from Chianti!

  • Reply Chris Jacobs November 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This recipe looks amazing. Like previous comments, I’d like to know about the artichokes.

  • Reply djpunjab January 18, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Looks great! But where are the artichokes in the recipie? Just add them to the sauce?

  • Reply djpunjab February 2, 2018 at 4:34 am

    true story: i’ve never known what a chicken piccata was until now… and now i have to have this for dinner tonight.